Artisanal Burp Cloths

There’s a story there. Of course there is.
I made burp cloths as a baby shower gift for a coworker of my husband’s. I showed him the finished product and he declared it amazing.


Um, it’s a burp cloth.


“It’s an artisanal burp cloth! You could sell it to a hipster for $40!”


I needed to make a few more and, since I hadn’t bothered to write down how big I made the last set, I couldn’t remember. (I do this all the time. I figure I’ll remember details about a project and then I don’t. Which usually doesn’t matter…a lot of the things I make are one-offs because they’re for specific people. But sometimes it does.)


So! This is more of a reminder than a tutorial.



-towel in coordinating color

-sewing stuff


  1. Cut the flannel to 9″ x 15″.
  2. Cut the towel to be a bit larger. (It doesn’t need to be exact or even particularly straight.)
  3. Pin. (Yes, I know you hate pinning. Do it anyway.)


Cutting the towel bigger accomplishes two things. You don’t have to measure/cut exactly (I don’t have a rotary cutter and mat, so cutting precisely is a bit of a pain) and if the fabric slides around on you a bit (yes, it’s pinned, but it still happens), no worries.

4. Sew.

5. Realize the hand wheel is greasy because your kid was messing with it.

6. Swear you will make a cover for your sewing machine

7. Sew for real this time.

8. Trim the towel and clip the corners.




9. Turn right side out.

10. Top stitch all the way around.

11. Sew across (middle and the middle of each half)

12. Curse the towel fuzzies that are now covering everything.

13. Admire the artisanal burp cloths.




Also it’s more efficient to assembly line this if you’re making several at a time.




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